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Whatsapp’s encryption can be the subject of the next justice

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Apple has been making headlines for over the past few weeks after the FBI ordered the company to help in unlocking an iPhone that belonged to one of the terrorists involved in the San Bernardino attacks. Literally, a war is going on with the encryption issues, and the battle is now getting furious.

According to The New York Times, the Justice Department is keeping an eye on Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp and its encrypted communications as it lets its users to send encrypted messages. The newspaper also reported that the Justice Department is also measuring as to how to move ahead with an existing investigation that has already put the service?s encryption in trouble. A federal judge has already sanctioned a wiretap order during the ongoing investigation, but the investigators could not decode the encrypted message that are sent by using Whatsapp because only the two communicators the sender and the recipient can see the conversation, not the company.

Diego Dzodan, the Facebook executive was arrested in Brazil in February over the messaging service as he repeatedly failed to follow the judicial orders to permit access to messages, The New York Times reported. In a statement, he explained, ?WhatsApp cannot provide information we do not have.?

The Justice Department is yet to decide on how to proceed with its further investigation although the officials have already stated that it does not involve any terrorists. The officials have refused to remark on the current case or share any other details about it. They will likely to face another war with another tech giant if the government brings a suit against Whatsapp. Facebook acquired the Whatsapp service in 2014 and has publicly supported Apple in its current legal battle, reported by Gizmodo.

According to the non profit Electronic Frontier Foundation, courts will have to assess whether following with an order would constitute an ?undue burden? in both Apple and WhatsApp?s cases. The disagreements Apple has made in the San Bernadino case would now be available on WhatsApp too. The problem focuses on the issue that when the tech companies have encrypted information for their users, the companies cannot read the information by themselves and programming in backdoor access essentially nullifies the security of the service. ?The details of the case against the messaging service are not to be unveiled at the moment, but it will be pretty interesting to see how this reveals in wheels with the Apple prosecution.

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